As British MWs and winemakers, Giles Cooke and David Gleave could have decided to make wine anywhere in the world from any grape variety. So why did they both independently decide to set up wineries half a world away in McLaren Vale and focus on Grenache, a variety that had been long overlooked?
Wine writer and educator Sarah Ahmed has been closely following the renaissance of Australian Grenache since 2010, including the latest developments in McLaren Vale, judging at the pan-Australian James Halliday Grenache Challenge in McLaren Vale in 2019.
Join us the day before International Grenache Day to celebrate this grape variety and discover more about McLaren Vale. Giles and David will reveal why they’re so passionate about this corner of South Australia and the old Grenache vines it is home to, whilst Sarah Ahmed moderates and fields questions.
Explore the history and evolution of McLaren Vale Grenache, and find out about the change in style over the past decade and the diversity between sub-regions. This is also your chance to discover the versatility of Grenache, why it is suited to the region, its climate and wide range of food.
Only 45 minutes south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is home to sustainable winemaking practices, world-class wines and culinary experiences, as well as pristine natural attractions and unparalleled tourism offerings.
McLaren Vale has been lauded for its ability to produce brilliance from an array of traditional varieties – from restrained yet generous Cabernet Sauvignon and rich and refined Shiraz, to an exciting range of emerging varieties like Fiano and Tempranillo. Its current star performer, however, is Grenache.
Grenache is perfectly suited to McLaren Vale’s grapegrowing conditions and showcases diverse, regional winemaking expression, from vibrant and juicy early drinking styles through to rich and structured cellar worthy wines. Whilst it may not be as well-known as Australia’s major red varieties – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – it’s an exciting time for Australian Grenache and demand is growing internationally.
Sarah, Giles and David will be tasting and talking about these 12 wines during the webinar:
- Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2019
- Thistledown She's Electric Old Vine Single Vineyard Grenache 2019
- Wirra Wirra The Absconder Grenache 2018
- Willunga 100 The Hundred Blewitt Springs Grenache 2018
- Thistledown Sands of Time Old Vine Single Vineyard Grenache 2018
- Aphelion Wine Co. The Confluence Grenache 2018
- S. C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache 2017
- Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands Grenache 2017
- Willunga 100 The Hundred Clarendon Grenache 2017
- Thistledown This Charming Man Old Vine Single Vineyard Grenache 2018
- Ministry of Clouds Grenache 2018
- Bekkers Wine Grenache 2017